Can a minor be charged with perjury?

Q: Can a minor be charged with perjury in Pennsylvania? Judge reports at least 2 statements made by her, which are false and can be easily disproven. Such statements were given considerable weight in a trial. She’s almost 17, can she be prosecuted? (Baldwin, PA)

A: Not sure if you are saying the judge found her statements to be false, or, she made two statements to the judge, which you know and think you can prove to be false. If you can prove that they are false, it may be possible for her to be charged for false statements in Juvenile Court with the filing of a Delinquency Petition by the police or Juvenile Probation. You can review it with Police or DA to see if they are interested. Normally, they do not go after minors with these types of cases, but I cannot say for sure if that will be the result for you.


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